Just yesterday, as my mother and I were combing through patterns at one of the last remaining needlework shops I know of, I was thinking about all the beautiful cross-stitch, needlepoint and crewel pieces that my great-grandmother, grandmother and mother have made over the years and was lamenting the declining popularity of these arts. Unlike knitting, which can yield a variety of very utilitarian and stylish results, cross-stitch samplers are not what most people want adorning their walls these days. But here’s a great idea for those of us who still appreciate needlework, but want to create something a little more modern and personal.
Haptic Lab has created DIY Quilting Kits that feature maps of major cities. The full kit includes a to-scale map template, all the materials you need to make an ivory quilt and sewing instructions. If you’re feeling more creative though, get the basic kit and you can pick your own fabric, colors, etc. You can opt for a simple design, or something more personal that features places lived, favorite landmarks, etc. Sewing experience is helpful but not required and they are only 36″ x 42″ so this is not a lifetime commitment. Give a kit as a gift or make the quilt yourself to give to a loved one. Here are just a few examples:
New York City ($$-$$$)
If you love the idea of a City Quilt, Haptic Lab also sells their own creations like this Boston Quilt below. They will fit full to king-sized beds and if you ask nicely, they will even embroider a few personal details onto your quilt at no extra cost.
City Quilts ($450)